Course Description

This course is designed for beginners or those seeking to refresh their experience with zinc plate etching.

In this workshop, I guide participants through zinc plate preparation and soft-ground techniques for etching.

Participants will learn the soft-ground method to replicate the expressive qualities of drawing on the prepared plate and then learn about safe printmaking substitutes to etch the plate.

Participants will learn intaglio inking and how to print the plate to achieve three prints, including a single plate print, multiple-plate print with a relief-roll and a chine-collé.

zinc plate etching


Secondary Visual Arts teachers. Perfect for the Stage 5 and Stage 6 Visual Arts teacher.

Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities, 

3.1.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Establish challenging learning goals:  Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs:  Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies:  Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:  Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities, 

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice:  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice

$439 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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Venue Information


Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
164 Longueville Road
Lane Cove
NSW 2066


Directly opposite the Lane Cove Library on Longueville Road.

Public Transport

10 mins from the City Centre via bus

Bus: Routes and maps here

from the back of Wynyard Station on Clarence Street (stand R) Route 288 and Route 292 take you via the freeway to the corner of Longueville Road, where it is a short 5 min stroll to the gallery door.


Parking in Woolworths car park directly opposite the Gallery, behind the Library. 3 hours free parking.

COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.


Mitchell Kelly

Mitchell Kelly

Mitchell Kelly is a Sydney based art educator specialising in printmaking. Over the past 19 years, he has worked in secondary schools teaching as a Visual Arts educator and for the last 9 years has been the Head Teacher of Creative and Performing Arts. He is an experienced Stage 6 Visual Arts teacher and specialises in printmaking. In particular, Mitchell focuses on etching, lino, and monotype. He completed his Master of Fine Arts (Printmaking) at the University of NSW and has held 10 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Mitchell explores the landscape motif focusing on immersion with the explored site. In particular, he explores the building of layered and gestural mark making to evoke notions of time, memory and intuition.